Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 1st May 2017
Thursday 19th January 2012, 6:23am
Another early report today - things should be back to normal timing-wise soon!
Today should be a good one to get out there and see Niseko. It's pretty rare, as people know that have been here in January, that you really have time to take a look around and be able to see the beautiful landscape of Hokkaido. Lovely blue skies this morning around Niseko.
If you have backcountry gear, there is potential everywhere and the next couple days should be sunny so take advantage. There are still some large cornices lurking about which should be the main safety concern.
We are expecting some fresh snow at the end of the week which will hopefully bring us back the powder that has only left for a couple days in the past two months.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 345cm Bottom - 180cm
Niseko Village: Top - 330cm Bottom - 210cm
Annupuri: Top - 335cm Bottom - 200cm
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: -6℃, slight overnight snowfall. Coastal data: NNW3m/s at Benkei cape, calm & 1028hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: NW9.4m/s & -12.9℃ (as of 2am this morning). Snowfall transition: No notable development of snowdrifts can be observed in the past 12 hours. A hoar layer combining Jan 17th, 18th and 19th surface layer is seen to form in the future snowpack. Currently, the overall snowpack is stable. The snow is shallow but in good shape. Hazard evaluation: General avalanche risk is low. Gates opening: Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30am. Caution: Do not enter strictly off-limits areas (Haru no taki: coordinate J4, and Yu no sawa: coordinate G3) to seek fresh snow. The freedom and the minimum safety of out of bounds skiing are being kept only by having all resorts users respect the Niseko Rules. Read more ...
Thursday 19th January 2012, 8:16am
It is a grey morning here in Madarao today. No new snow again, but no blue skies.
Nothing really exciting to report really other than there have been a lot better days here, but also a lot worse. A quiet day on the slopes is still better than a busy day at work!
There is still plenty of cover and no lift lines, so a perfect day to sneek in some mid week practice. The temperature is also a bit warmer today, which may bring some wet snow this afternoon. Generally milder conditions look set to be with us until early in the week.
Lifts currently operating: All of Madarao is scheduled to be open today. Connection with Tangram Ski Circus open.
Well yesterday was a very fine day out and about but by afternoon some very thin wispy clouds had formed in the region so it wasn't quite the perfect deep blue skies that we were expecting. A clear evening though and definitely not as cold overnight getting down to just -2 degrees.
Snow conditions out there are variable at the moment. With a run of days when we have not had any new snow, as you might expect we're not in the top condition we were previously. Better conditions the higher you go basically. Still things are generally decent, but we have just been spoilt so far this season up until now. So a new layer of snow out there would be very welcome. We're not going to get that for a few days though, and in fact it is going to remain mild probably through the weekend. A high of around +5 degrees looks likely today.
We might still see some rain in town over the weekend, though it will likely soon be snow once you get on the mountains.
Look to early next week for the next decent snowfall to be with us.
The sun is out again over Naeba this morning casting shadows down onto the lower slopes. Looks like it is going to be another fine day. The local Niigata forecast tells me that there's a chance of light snow overnight tonight into tomorrow and then again into Saturday. Hopefully we will be spared any rain that goes on down in the valley over the weekend, though I don't think we can expect any significant snowfall. Hope I'm wrong there of course!
It is a relatively mild morning here and -2 outside at the moment. I expect that might try to venture into positive territory later in the day. This mild patch will probably continue until early in the week when the next cold front looks due to hit the region.
I'm not sure that I would agree fully with the official line from Kagura on 'best conditions'. I've experienced better. That's not to say they are poor - they're not - but some perspective is needed rather than just saying conditions are the 'best' every day. Conditions yesterday were good. Kagura being high of course keeps good conditions even when we don't get new snow for a while, but conditions are always going to be best right after (or during) a huge dump of snow and we haven't had one of those for a few days now of course. It's still great fun to be out there on a fine day when you know there's a refill just around the corner.
Resort Operations, 19th January (subject to change) Naeba: All areas open apart from Mens/Womens Riesen Slalom and Mens Slalom courses. Some lifts not operating as per normal weekdays. Kagura: Open as planned.
After the lovely clear day we had yesterday, it's another day of fine weather conditions here. More cloud to start the day off but still a lot of blue sky up there.
It has not been as cold as well with an almost warm (!) -2 degrees this morning in the village earlier on. We might even see the temperature rise above zero today.
Temperatures will remain in the mild zone through the weekend, with it getting colder once again early in the week. Not a whole lot of snow on the week forecast as it stands at the moment.
The Ice Monsters area of the mountain was looking magnificent yesterday and should once again be a sight to behold today.
Official snow depths (19th January 12) Utopia - 170cm Chuo - 165cm Paradise - 165cm Uwanodai - 130cm
Operating lifts (19th January 12) All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating. All the runs at Zao are open. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Thursday 19th January 2012, 9:25am
Blue sky, thin cloud
It's another fine day here in Shiga Kogen. Perhaps not as blue as it was yesterday with some very thin wispy cloud.
I don't think I would be alone in hoping for a quick end to this clear skies and relatively mild period of weather as we could really do with a nice new thick blanket of fresh snow on the slopes. Luckily, mild in Shiga Kogen still means temperatures below zero. There is a chance of some snow tonight into tomorrow according to the local forecast and then on and off over the weekend.
After that, temperatures should drop from Monday and hopefully that cold front will bring us that dump of snow that we want.
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 19th January 2012 AM:
Weather conditions today are perfect with no wind and the ski area sitting against a clear blue sky. There has been 4cm on new snow overnight which is sitting on top of a firm base. This will definitely be the day to take out the camera and get some fantastic photos. Read more ...
Thursday 19th January 2012, 10:41am
Another beautiful day in Minakami. It started off cloudy and looked as if that was what we had in store all day but the sun worked its magic and is shining proudly. Blue sky over the mountains but it looks as if the cloud will be coming up the valley this afternoon. Great conditions out, especially on piste, though good line to be had all over.
The forecast has us down for the cloud coming in this afternoon and then intermittent snow falls all through the weekend and well into next week. Enjoy the sun while you can as it could be cloudy skies for the week or so if the forecast is correct.
Clear skies with cloud cover in the afternoon and evening\r\n
Yesterday saw some amazing skies in the morning - things did haze over a bit as the day went on but it stayed bright and sunny. This morning we are experiencing calm sunny weather once again and this should trend towards cloud cover that may bring in a bit of precipitation during the night.
The temperature in the valley was -7.5 C this morning and will likely rist to about +6C during the day today - so really quite mild. We could do with it not warming up that much.
Up on the slopes we will see a range between -1 C and +2 C with warm pockets of air. Wind will be light and breezy at 2m/s from the S and SSE. Once again, solar radiation will affect the piste within its rays and the freezing level is rising to 1200m by this afternoon.
In the end there was no new snow recorded overnight due to the mostly clear skies we have been experiencing, but clouds are still projected to roll in and drop some precipitation on and off over the next few days, thought doesn't look like anything major. We are expecting similar temperature fluctuations until Sunday and the new week will see freezing levels drop down to normal wintery conditions.
Hopefully that will bring with it the snow we are all waiting for - let us politely ask those snow gods to bring us copious amounts of fresh snow soon! In the meantime, enjoy the clear conditions out on the slopes.
Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 19th January 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: No new snow today. All weekday lifts (all except No2/No4 pairs) operating. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 235cm; Toomi - 105cm; Iimori - 105cm.
Hakuba 47: No new snow to report today. All courses open, Line D lift not operating. Official snow depth: Upper - 185cm Lower - 90cm
Happo-one: Ski lifts/courses: All lifts apart from Grad quad, Usagidaira pair and Central pairoperating early this morning. Official snow depth: Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 140cm; Sakka - 90cm; Nakiyama - 90cm.
It is another sunny day on the slopes here in Nozawa in a similar mould to yesterday with very light winds and nice conditions on the slopes.
As usual after a few days without any fresh snow the powder hounds are getting a bit of an itch, but there are still some nice spots if you search around. On piste was a bit hard early but has softened up now for a beautiful day.
The expected snowfall just keeps creeping forward and looks like may start with a little tonight then the snow man mark is appearing pretty consistently in the near future. Not a major dump, but hopefully some nice little regular top ups.
The University contests are on in town at the moment and they are taking to the ski jump too just above Arena. Pretty spectacular to watch as they get some serious air!
I'm glad I didn't report too early—not that there that many of you out on the slopes today (but there are tons and tons of school groups all over the mountain). THe day started foggy, then we got some sun, and now the clouds are moving in. It's a very mild day, too, compared to the -3° and below we have basically seen since Christmas. Snow is in the forecast again, of course, so it will all start loading up again.
There are some pretty strong drops in snowpack in the official records, but this is the first time in two days that I've had the reports in (leaving too early, reports coming out too late). There's a lot of snow out there; don't worry!